(I wrote this post a few days ago so it’s a touch outdated but I’m just going to give myself a pass. It’s December- I think we all have our undies hanging out a little).
Today is Lavinia’s last childcare session of 2015. Then we have like 6 weeks without it (note to self: don’t panic).
Last night I packed her lunch and my yoga bag- intent on making the last day count however my beauty sleep was interrupted by some snoring (it’s one of his very few faults so what can you do?)
When the alarm went off I snoozed which meant we would be running late. Which meant no yoga. I would have to be productive in other ways.
On the entire drive to daycare I tried to think of things I could do to make the most of my time and in what order (for maximum multi-taskimum). I usually try to do things that I can’t do with a kid, or do things that are made infinitely easier unencumbered by diaper bags, car seats and arguments about holding hands in the parking lot.
After stopping back home for coffee and breakfast I caught myself walking in circles. I grabbed the car keys and told myself to get in the car and drive…anywhere (and I did). Only, I felt weird because I realized that there were a million things I wanted to be doing AT HOME. I busted a U turn and went back to the house. 
So much for strategy. I wasted precious minutes. And acted crazy.
Turns out, sitting at the kitchen table with my laptop was exactly where I needed to be. And you know what? I gave myself permission to be okay with that. Sometimes you just need to clear out your dang inbox.

Oh! And I also hung a picture frame after watching a video- I used tools and everything! Next thing you know I will be conquering the universe with video instructions I found on Youtube. If you ever need to hang a frame or if you just want to hear a classic Aussie accent this vid is for you!

I donated this one to a fundraiser and needed to make it hangable.
Technically I still multitasked- doing dishes while listening to podcasts counts! And technically this is something I could not do with my daughter hanging around. So what if I broke my rule of no housework during daycare days? I’ll give myself another pass (gee, I’m nice).

Have you ever listened to On Being with Krista Tippett? There was this one about how environmental factors (like trauma) can actually modify our genes (kind of like a mutation) and we pass those modified genes down to our children (which can actually make them more resilient). And this one about the evolution of medicine and how we can use food to heal our bodies. 
I would have loved a million more hours to patter around doing these little things because I felt productive. My day was the perfect example of how sometimes what feels like nothing, definitely amounts to something.

Author: dawnrieniets

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2 thoughts on “A Post About Nothing

  1. As always…well written! No need to categorize time, free will is the phrase and practice of all the sane people I know.

    Posted on December 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm
  2. Thank you! Yes I agree…often the best inspiration comes when I'm twiddling my thumbs. Not that I have a whole lot of time for that these days so may as well make it count!

    Posted on December 16, 2015 at 6:08 am